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Oh crap! An even BIGGER satellite is about to de-orbit

Discussion in 'The OT' started by Lord Vader, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. Lord Vader

    Lord Vader Supreme Member

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    From Spaceweather.com:

    ROSAT RE-ENTRY: The ROSAT X-ray observatory, launched in 1990 by NASA and managed for years by the German Aerospace Center (DLR), will return to Earth within the next two weeks. Current best estimates place the re-entry between Oct. 22nd and 24th over an unknown part of Earth. ROSAT will produce a spectacular fireball when it re-enters, but not all of the satellite will disintegrate. According to the DLR, heat-resistant fragments as massive as 1.7 tons could reach Earth's surface. Check http://spaceweather.com for more information.

    LAST-CHANCE SIGHTINGS: As ROSAT slowly descends it is growing brighter. During favorable passes, the satellite can now be seen shining as brightly as a first magnitude star in the night sky.
     
  2. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    Awesome!
     
  3. RasputinAXP

    RasputinAXP Kwisatz Haderach of Cordcuttery

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    Should be spelled ROAST at this rate...
     
  4. klang

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    Why the heck don't the save a little fuel so they control were they come down? :confused:
     
  5. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

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    No problem. I'm ready.


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  6. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    FCC require that, the question is - where the f^%$ propellant ?
    Why we should wait when 1.7 T chunk ( a sedan's weight !) would fall to us ?!
     
  7. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    I bet you got good insurance for a couple $M ;).
     
  8. Matt9876

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    Probably used it up to boost the orbit so it would stay up there a few more years :lol:

    Anything that big should be required to have a return to home booster rocket.

    In fact it's about time to come up with a system for removing old junk from orbit.
     
  9. davring

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    Looks like a system is already in place, gravity:)
     
  10. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

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    Call in Starbuck and Apollo with their Colonial Vipers for a little target practice.


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  11. Lord Vader

    Lord Vader Supreme Member

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    They make such a cute couple, don't they? :D
     
  12. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    Back in 1979 Andy Griffith starred in a short lived TV series called "Salvage 1" about a guy who had a salvage yard plus his own rocket which he used to collect space junk.
     
  13. wilbur_the_goose

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    Can you imagine the outcry if a former Soviet satellite were progged to come down in North America?
     
  14. jerry downing

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    It's already happened. I remember reading about a radioactive Soviet satellite falling on Canada.
     
  15. dennisj00

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    Guys. Our real problem isn't space junk. . . it's a solar flare (overdue) that will knock out sats and electrical / communication systems.

    If you can read this, hasn't happened yet.
     
  16. Lord Vader

    Lord Vader Supreme Member

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    Let's just hope it happens at night, then!
     
  17. cj9788

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    I loved that show,turned an old cement mixer from those huge cement trucks into a space capsule, I think they called it an experimental hover craft.

    This falling space junk makes me smile as I remember toilet seat girl from Dead Like Me, It has been what 5-6 years and I am still pissed at showtime for canceling that show.
     
  18. Nick

    Nick Retired, part-time PITA DBSTalk Club

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    Where is Slim Pickens when we need him?

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  19. RobertE

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    If anyone is a fan of Anime, checkout Planetes. Its a little slow, but very deep and very good in the overall story.

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  20. armophob

    armophob Difficulty Concen........

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    I am getting confused, do I need a hardhat or a tinfoil one? I have one on already, do I need to trade up?
     

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